Every month, Pike Nurseries offers tips and advice for keeping your garden and lawn looking beautiful along with helpful suggestions for preparing your garden for the next month. There’s even tips on keeping your garden butterfly or bird friendly. Just remember to stay hydrated out there!
Here are their tips for July:
In the Garden
- Water Wisely. During dry weather, continue to keep the garden adequately watered. Remember, a weekly deep, thorough soaking is more beneficial than a daily light sprinkling. Water between 6-10am to avoid evaporation.
- Brighten Shady Spots. Fill in holes in your shade garden with impatiens and hostas.
- Cut Flowers for Flower Arrangements. Continue to plant zinnia seeds and enjoy cut flowers in a few weeks.
- Feeding Time. Keep your garden green and growing by fertilizing your flower beds. July is your last chance to fertilize Azaleas.
- Watch for Lacebugs. Use Bayer Advanced Tree and Shrub Insect Control.
- Brave Summer Storms. Be sure that all tall annuals and perennials are securely staked so that they will remain upright during the afternoon thunderstorms that are so common at this time of year.
- Start Cool Season Seeds. Now is the time to plant broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, onions and other cool season vegetables seeds for your fall vegetable garden.
In the House
- Bring in Blooms. Don’t be afraid to cut blooms from your garden to make fresh, fragrant flower arrangements.
- Water While You’re Away. Add SoilMoist to pots. The granules absorb water and release it as needed.
- Feeding Time. Continue feeding your houseplants monthly.
For the Lawn
- Lay Sod. Now is the good time to lay bermuda, zoysia or centipede sod. Be sure to keep sod watered daily while roots are getting established.
- Stay Green. Apply an Iron supplement to fescue and centipede lawns to keep them green without forcing new growth.
For the Birds
- Keep it Clean. Clean out birdhouses after the baby birds have left the nest. Clean hummingbird feeders every 5-7 days so they don’t get sticky.